Schlüssel

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German slüzzel, from Old High German sluzzil, from Proto-Germanic *slutilaz, which is derived from Proto-Germanic *sleutaną (to close). Cognate to Dutch sleutel and English slot.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃlʏsl̩/, /ˈʃlʏsəl/
  • Hyphenation: Schlüs‧sel
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Schlüssel m (genitive Schlüssels, plural Schlüssel)

  1. a key
    Der Schlüssel passt nicht.
    The key doesn't fit.
    Diese beiden Schlüssel sind identisch.
    These two keys are identical.
    • 1922, Franz Kafka, Das Schloß, Kurt Wolff Verlag (1926), page 241:
      Es war zwar ein großer Holzvorrat in einem Schuppen vorhanden, dieser Schuppen aber war versperrt und den Schlüssel hatte der Lehrer, der eine Entnahme des Holzes nur für das Heizen während der Unterrichtsstunden gestattete.
      There was a large supply of wood available in a shed, but this shed was locked and the key was in the possession of the teacher, who allowed taking from the wood only for the heating during the class hours.
  2. a bunch of keys; grammatically singular, used instead of Schlüsselbund, especially with possessive determiner
    Ich habe meinen Schlüssel irgendwo vergessen.
    I left my keys (= the bunch I usually carry) somewhere.
    Ich habe einen Einkaufschip am Schlüssel.
    I have a trolley token on my bunch of keys.
  3. Short for certain compounds, such as Schraubenschlüssel (screw-wrench) or Notenschlüssel (clef).

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Hyponyms of „Schlüssel“ (individual key)
Hyponyms of „Schlüssel“ (compound: databases)
Hyponyms of „Schlüssel“ (compound: handicraft)
Hyponyms of „Schlüssel“ (compound: music)

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